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Rams Want Out Of St. Louis, Johnny Manziel Dresses As Billy

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The NFL stated they will move two teams to LA with both teams playing in one stadium. The St. Louis Rams, San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders are all competing to be two of those teams. The Rams are proposing a stadium near the LA airport while the Chargers and Raiders have proposed a plan to build in Carson, CA. The Rams were lured to St. Louis from Los Angeles back in 1995 with the promise of a first rate stadium. Now they want to head back to LA as attendance at games is poor and a move to LA (they claim) will help the League overall.

Johnny ManzielIn one of the oddest stories (and that’s saying a lot), there’s speculation around the League as to whether or not Cleveland Browns’ QB Johnny Manziel went to Las Vegas this past weekend wearing a blond wig, fake mustache, hoodie and glasses and calling himself “Billy“. Manziel wasn’t scheduled to play on Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers but he was required to check in to the facility due to a concussion he suffered the week before.  We still don’t know for sure whether this story is true, but some enterprising person is selling t-shirts via twitter with Johnny dressed as Billy.

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Whisenhut Fired, Johnny Manziel Era Resumes, Dallas Boots Randle

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In the NFL, the Tennessee Titans fired head coach Ken Whisenhunt. Whisenhunt has only won 3 of 23 games in his time in Nashville.  The Titans promoted Mike Mularkey to head coach, and are hoping that he will be able to do something exciting with their #2 overall draft pick QB Marcus Mariota.

Johnny ManzielElsewhere in the NFL, it looks like the Johnny Manziel era in Cleveland is about to resume again.  Their starting quarterback Josh McCown is dealing with some nagging injuries, and the Browns have decided to put the ball in Manziel’s hands.  Manziel recently made headlines after being a part of a domestic dispute with his girlfriend.  The incident was caught on tape, and did not help Manziel’s image as the savior of Cleveland football.  When he takes the field, however, he’s quick to run or hurl an 80-yard bomb so some fans are excited to see what he has in store.

Finally, in the NFL, the Dallas Cowboys have had enough off-the-field trouble with their running back Joseph Randle.  Randle came into the year as their starting running back. Randle is now injured, has an impending suspension against him because of a domestic dispute, and last week, when Randle was told he lost the starting job to Darren McFadden, he left the facility. Management doesn’t have tolerance for that type of behavior, so he is now now looking for a job.

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Manziel Signs With Memphis Express (AAF), ESPN Accidentally Reveals Women’s Brackets

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Johnny Manziel has a new home. The troubled former Heisman trophy winner and Cleveland Browns quarterback signed with the Memphis Express in the upstart Alliance of American Football (AAF). According to Bill Polian, co-founder of AAF, “We are pleased to welcome Johnny Manziel to Alliance of American Football, which we’ve always described as a league of opportunity for talented players to launch or revitalize their pro football careers. We completed extensive background work to determine whether it would be appropriate for Johnny to play this season, and after consulting with many people familiar with his situation, we concluded that it would be good for him to resume his pro football career here at The Alliance.”

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ESPN accidentally revealed the brackets for the NCAA women’s basketball tournament on Monday, hours before the official “selection show”. Many teams were upset as they wanted the excitement of listening to their schools announced on a live broadcast. ESPN apologized saying, “In working with the NCAA to prepare for tonight’s Women’s Selection Special we received the bracket, similar to years past. In the midst of our preparation, the bracket was mistakenly posted on ESPNU. We deeply regret the error and extend our apology to the NCAA and the women’s basketball community. We will conduct a thorough review of our process to ensure it doesn’t happen in the future. We will now broadcast the full bracket at 5 p.m. ET on ESPN2, and the regularly-scheduled show on ESPN at 7 p.m.”

 

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Foles No Franchise Tag, Manziel Flames Out Of CFL, Wade Hits 3-Pointer For Win Over Warriors

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The Philadelphia Eagles decided not to place a franchise tag (which would cost them $25 million) on quarterback Nick Foles, making him a free agent. Foles has served as Carson Wentz’s primary backup and even won the MVP in Super Bowl LII.

The Montreal Alouettes, of the Canadian Football League, terminated Johnny Manziel’s contract beacause he “contravened the agreement which made him eligible to play in the league.” Manziel, a former Heisman Trophy winner, flamed out in the NFL after having been chosen in the first round of the draft by the Cleveland Browns. The Alouettes didn’t specify what exactly led to his dismissal, but his contract specifies a number of “extensive and exacting” conditions including weekly therapy appointments, doctor visits and Lithium tests (which he takes for his bipolar disease). Manziel tweeted farewell to his team and said he was “looking forward to exploring new options within the United States.”

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Miami Heat’s Dwayne Wade hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to secure a big win over the Golden State Warriors. At one point, the Heat lead by 24 points, but the Warriors battled back, and the Heat` had to rely on Wade’s incredible shot to put them on top for the win.  After the game, Wade spoke about his game-winner and said, “I’m a little overwhelmed right now. It’s been a while since a moment like, against a team like that. I told Steph (Curry), ‘I appreciate that. I needed that on my way out.’ ” Heat 126, Warriors 125

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Odell Growing Up, Le’Veon Bell’s Fake News, Kevin Hart And Manziel, Djokovic’s Ice Bath

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A day after signing a record breaking contract, Odell Beckham Jr. spoke to the media and about getting to this point in his career. He wore a Giants polo shirt and said “I’m growing up”.  In response to his contract he said, “You kind of dream about this moment all your life. In fact, you’ve dedicated everything, you sacrifice weekends, your parents have sacrificed weekend after weekend traveling, doing this and that just to be able to get to this point, so it is a relief and it’s a wonderful opportunity for myself and my family.”

Running back Le’Veon Bell hasn’t reached a contract agreement with the Pittsburgh Steelers yet and has sat out of training camp and the preseason. When asked if the rumors were true he’d be joining the team on Labor Day, he said “Don’t believe the fake news. I never said anything to no one”.

Comedian Kevin Hart spoke with Johnny Manziel (on his show “Cold as Balls” where he interviews celebrities while sitting in ice baths) about his disappointing football career going from Heisman Trophy  winner to a behavioral liability with the Cleveland Browns. Manziel admitted, “I don’t expect people to look at my story and feel bad for me. A lot of what I did was self-inflicted. I’m at a point now where I can look back, I can reflect and realize that I was one way. That was wrong. What can I do moving forward because I can’t change how I was.”

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Speaking of ice baths, playing in extreme heat at the US Open, Novak Djokovic and his opponent Marton Fucsovics, took advantage of the rule allowing for a 10 minute break after the third set and sat naked side by side in ice baths to cool off. Djokovic remarked on the situation and said, “we battled for two-and-a-half hours and then we were naked in the ice bath. It was a magnificent thing.” The heat index was so high on Tuesday five players had to retire before finishing their matches.

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Kansas State & Loyola-Chicago Improbable Run, Michigan & Florida State Elite 8, Reid No Kneeling, Manziel Throws

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Just another crazy night in the NCAA tournament. Both underdogs, #9 Kansas State and #11 Loyola-Chicago, continue their Cinderella run by overpowering Nevada and Kansas respectively. Loyola-Chicago’s improbable run has created a superstar in their 98-year-old Chaplain and biggest fan, Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt. The athletic department has been sorting through over 75 interview requests (including Good Morning America) for Sister Jean since the team’s success over the past week.  Kansas State and Loyola-Chicago now face each other in an exciting Elite Eight round on Saturday (the first #9/#11 matchup in NCAA history). In other Sweet 16 rounds, Michigan dominated Texas A&M and Florida State overpowered Gonzaga. #3 Michigan and #9 Florida State will face each other in the Elite 8 Round on Saturday.

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Free agent safety Eric Reid, who has complained he’s not getting offers from teams because he’s been outspoken about racial injustice and knelt all season during the National Anthem, now explains he’ll continue to be active but not by kneeling. He said, “I’m not saying I’m going to stop being active because I won’t. I’m just going to consider different ways to be active, different ways to bring awareness to the issues of this country and improve on the issues happening in this country. I don’t think it will be in the form of protesting during the anthem. I say ‘during’ because it’s crazy that the narrative changed to we were ‘protesting the anthem,’ and that wasn’t the case. I think we’re going to take a different approach to how we’re going to be active.”

Johnny Manziel wants back in the NFL. At Pro Day in San Diego, he attempted 38 passes in front of 13 NFL teams.  The Cleveland Browns took Manziel, former Heisman trophy winner out of Texas A&M, with their first-round pick, but drugs, alcohol and inappropriate off-field behavior, led to his downfall. Manziel is now married and training rigorously to get back in the game.

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Michael Vick Thinks Kaepernick Should Cut Hair, Manziel Wants Back In NFL

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Michael Vick knows what it’s like to try and repair an image (he was arrested for dog fighting), and is now giving his unsolicited advice to former SF 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick. He believes Kaepernick hasn’t been picked up by an NFL team yet because of the controversy surrounding him last year (not standing for the National Anthem) and suggests Kaepernick cut his hair and look more “clean cut”. He said,

“The first thing we got to get Colin to do is cut his hair. Listen, I’m not up here to try to be politically correct, but even if he puts cornrows in it, I don’t think he should represent himself in that way in terms of just a hairstyle. Just go clean cut. Why not? You’re already dealing with a lot of controversy surrounding this issue. What he needs to do is just try to be presentable.”

Speaking of repairing reputations, former Cleveland Browns’ top pick, QB Johnny Manziel, admits he made mistakes (domestic violence, substance abuse) and wants to come back to the NFL. He said,  “I know the situation that I put myself in. I know the year I took off and obviously the mistakes that I made. Right now, I’m hopeful. I’m really hopeful,”Manziel said. “I think that I made some progress in that regard. But we’ll see. Whenever I get a call, I’ll do whatever I can to make the most of it.” Not “if” I get a call, but “whenever.” Seemingly, few people actually think Manziel will make a roster (especially before Kaepernick makes one), but you never know.

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Mets And Giants Wild Card Game, Odell Beckham Jr Unsportsmanlike, Vikings 4-0, Johnny Football Trademark, Super Bowl Goes GAGA

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With a 5-3 victory over the Phillies on Saturday, the New York Mets clinched a National League wild card playoff spot against the San Francisco Giants. Even though both teams have the same regular season record, the winner-take-all wild card game will be played at Citi Field because the Mets won the season series over the Giants. Tune in Wednesday night 8:00 pm ET.

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The big news from the Monday Night Football game is the NY Giants Odell Beckham Jr’s unsportsmanlike conduct. Odell was charged with a penalty for taunting the Minnesota Vikings Cornerback Xavier Rhodes after Rhodes hit him out of bounds. Odell ended up with a paltry 23 yards for the day and has been criticized by his teammates and the media for letting his emotions get the best of him. On a more positive note, the Minnesota Vikings offense came to play. The Vikings are now 4-0 (only other 4-0 team is the Denver Broncos). What’s most surprising about the Vikings winning season so far is the performance of Sam Bradford. Bradford is a former Heisman Trophy winner who had a mediocre career with the St. Louis Rams and the Philadelphia Eagles. The Vikings are also performing without their star running back, Adrian Peterson, who is out until at least December with a torn meniscus.  Vikings 24-Giants 10.

In other football news, former Heisman QB Johnny Manziel (who was suspended from the NFL and cut by the Cleveland Browns) and his lawyers filed with the US Patent and Trademark office to protect his nickname, “Johnny Football”. Now that Manziel has been reinstated by the NFL, it’s possible some NFL team may take a chance on the troubled QB and pick him up.

Lady Gaga 3As Lady Gaga wrote on her twitter account, “This year the Super Bowl goes GAGA”, meaning after weeks of speculation, it’s official and she will play in this year’s Super Bowl halftime show.

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Djokovic’s Opponent’s Keep Retiring, Brees Close To Extension, Manziel Back In School

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Novac DjokovicNovak Djokovic’s opponent retired…again! For the third time in four matches, Djokovic did not play out a full match before his opponent, Tsonga, retired from a knee injury. #1 seed Djokovic has only played 9 total sets in the US Open.

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It’s reported New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees is really close to a contract extension. 37 year old Brees has one year left on his current contract and, even though he signed a whopping $100 million contract back in 2012, his average of $20 million a year is less than other QB’s of his caliber. The issue for the Saints seems to be Brees’ age and whether they can afford a long term contact on a QB who is almost 40 years old. The deadline for the Team is approaching as their season begins on Sunday against the Oakland Raiders.

Troubled former QB Johnny Manziel will not be playing in the NFL this year (or perhaps ever again considering his history on and off the field) so has decided to go back to College. He will be taking online courses at Texas A&M and is hoping to get a degree in recreation, parks and tourism sciences.

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Linsanity In Brooklyn, Ezekiel Jersey Top Seller, Manziel Hits Wedding Guest, Kershaw’s Back

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The Brooklyn Nets hope Jeremy Lin releases his “Linsanity” on the Team next year for a 3 year $36 million contract. Lin admitted his 11 game run (averaging 24 points and 9 assists) while the New York Knicks were considering releasing him was exciting. He now says he doesn’t want to be thought of as a phenomenon. He just wants to contribute to the Nets and help them rebuild.

NFL

Ezekiel ElliottFormer Ohio State running back and 4th pick in the draft, Ezekiel Elliott, won’t play in an NFL game until September but his jersey his selling off the shelves. Elliott’s #21 Dallas Cowboys jersey is the best selling item in the league.

Former Cleveland Brown QB Johnny Manziel can’t seem to stay out of the news. First there was his odd instagram post announcing he was getting help and would be back soon, then over the weekend in Hawaii, he punched a guest in the face at his friend’s wedding. If he does “come back”, at this rate it looks as if it won’t be on a football field.

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Dave Roberts, the Los Angeles Dodger’s manager, created a panic this week by announcing his star pitcher and many would argue the best pitcher in the League, Clayton Kershaw, was perhaps having a setback in his recovery from a herniated disk. Roberts indicated “surgery is more of a possibility” but didn’t say whether that would be this year or next or down the road at some point. Roberts’ comment has created a huge buzz around the League speculating on whether Kershaw will be out for the season.

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